Over the past couple of decades tourism has become one of the leading industries in Costa Rica. People have come from all over to experience the tropical beauty of this wonderful country. From its beautiful rainforests to its stunning beaches, there is something for everyone. Here are five activities that people from around the world come to Costa Rica to experience.
Today, rainforests only cover about 6% of the planet, so it is very rare to have the chance to explore one. Thankfully though, Costa Rica is one of the few places left on the planet that still has these amazing ecosystems. Of course taking a walk through a rainforest would be amazing, but why not spice up the tour by taking to the tree tops and exploring the canopy? Canopy tours have become wildly popular because most plants and animals that live in the rainforest actually live in the canopy. It is a whole different world up there and many businesses are ready to take tourists through it safely. There are many ways to see it, such as aerial trams and zip lines, so that people can get as close as they want to be to the tree tops.
Fun at the Beach
Of course when thinking of Costa Rica, the thoughts of warm beaches are not far behind. Costa Rica has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and with warm waters all year round, there is never a bad time to explore. Pretty much any beach in the country will offer the same amenities such as snorkeling, swimming, diving and boat tours, however each beach has something that makes it truly unique. Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s gems. It surrounds its beach-goers with white sands and beautiful blue green waters. Surfers will find the legendary Playa Dominical beach, which is known to have some of the best surfing in the world. For those who are looking to soak up some of the unique Creole culture in Costa Rica, why not try the Cahuita beaches? There are many Creole style towns in the area. Of course there are just too many beaches to go through, being that over 2/3 of Costa Rica’s borders are surrounded by water, but that just ensures that there is a beach for everyone.
Tour an Active Volcano!
For the more adventurous tourist, Costa Rica has a few active volcanoes in which tours are commonly given. Most people go to the Arenal volcano, being that is one of the most active volcanoes in the area. However there are few others such as Irazu, Poas, and Rincon de la Vieja. These volcanoes are less active, but are still breathtaking to behold. Each volcano is surrounded by a national park which sets out safe viewing areas and even a few hiking trails. To get the best views of the volcano, try to go either very late at night or very early in the morning, and try not to go during the rainy season.
Bird watchers come from all around the world to see the birds of Costa Rica. There are over 800 different species located within the country’s borders, and a lot of the time many different species live in the same general area, so walking distance is minimized. There are many companies that are willing to take tourists on bird watching tours, and this guidance ensures that tourists can see as many species as possible while on their trip.
Finally there is whitewater rafting. Costa Rica has some of the most amazing rapids in the world. The rapids range from class II to class V, so anyone from a novice to a professional will have something just for them. There are plenty of whitewater rafting and kayaking companies willing to work as guides, but experience should be the main factor when choosing a guide.
David Young is a regular contributor for the website Costa Rica Sunsets, he is also an avid fisherman and nature explorer.